Seriously Guys, my sister used to work as a sales representative for
Nordic Pharmaceuticals. 3 or 4 times per year, she'd have to drive up
to northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan to visit the doctors up
there to explain what the new pharmaceuticals Nordic was offering would
do, what their side effects where, and where they were appropriate and
inappropriate to use.
This was every bit of 25 years ago, before there were cell phones, and
there were places along those roads where you were 50 miles or more from
the nearest house.
If you are ever planning a trip where you might be in a similar
1. If your car konks out on you, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. You stand a
much better chance of survival if you are protected from the wind and
wild animals inside your car. Besides, search parties will be looking
along the highway for your vehicle first because they know that spotting
a person walking in the bush from the air is almost impossible.
2. Food is important, but you can survive for almost a month without
food, but only a few days without water. Bring a piece of small
diameter plastic tubing that will allow you to suck up water from small
puddles that would be too shallow to otherwise drink from. If you're
driving in the winter, take a long something which will allow you to
start a fire easily, like a lighter, and a container you can melt snow
in, like a tin can. Paper matches are useless if they get wet. If you
choose to bring food, bring peanut butter. Peanut packs a lot of
calories, which is what you need to survive.
3. If there is room for it in your car, take along a pair of well
insulated cover alls. Covering the whole body is the best way to keep
your whole body warm, especially when you can get out of the wind by
staying in your car.
4. And, it's always a good idea to take wilderness survival courses if
you have the time. My sister took several of these, but luckily she
never had to use what she learned. My nephew is a pilot who flies to
northern Manitoba with Perimeter Airlines. I've been badgering him to
take some wilderness survival training, but the Metro II plane he flies
is equipped with a GPS, radio and radio beacon so that he can radio in
his location and bearing if he has to crash land, and the radio beacon
will bleep for several days thereby pinpointing the crash site (if that